The Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, a day which commemorates Jesus’ triumphant procession into Jerusalem on a donkey. During mass, the congregation is given palm branches which they wave merrily chanting christian songs.
The Thursday before Easter is Holy Thursday. It is a reminder of the last meal Jesus ate with his disciples, washing their feet and leading them in the first ever Eucharist. He foretold his death on this day; drawing a direct parallel between the bread and his body, and the wine and his blood.
On Holy Thursday, we commemorate the Lord’s Last Supper, which He shared with His apostles on the night He was betrayed and arrested. This is one of the most most important days on the christian calendar. during mas, the priest will wash the feet of twelve men, just as Jesus did. Also on this night, most priests renew their sacred vows. This is because, at the Last Supper, Jesus not only instituted the Eucharist but also the ministerial priesthood.
Good Friday is the next day after holy Thursday, the day of the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. The congregation has the veneration of the Cross. They go forward and kiss the Cross in order to show honor and respect for Christ’s sacrifice for our sake. There is no consecration of the Eucharist on this day, and the Communion we receive will be from the night before, which has been reserved in the tabernacle.
Holy Saturday is a vigil. This was the day He went down into the netherworld in order to bring back up with Him into heaven those who had died before His coming. Up to this time, the gates to heaven were closed and no one could go there because of the original sin of Adam. Jesus changed all that. By paying the price for our sins on the Cross, He gained for us our eternal salvation, and heaven was opened once again. Also on this night, people who have spent months of preparation will be received through Baptism and Confirmation into the Catholic Church for the first time which is always a joyous occasion to them
Those who devote themselves in lent discover that it can change them forever. During these days, Christians suffer with Christ so that they rise with Him during his resurrection. Holy Week is a time to clear our schedules of unnecessary activities. Our minds and hearts should be fixed on Jesus and what He did for us. Let us bear the Cross so that we become worthy of wearing the crown He wore.
written by: MARY GOLD ADONG
DAVID MUSUMBYA KIGUUNDU